Matt Munro

Punjab (India)

A particularly tourist-friendly region, thanks to its strong expatriate connections with the UK and Canada, Punjab, the homeland of India’s Sikh population, provides a wonderful opportunity to go traipsing into the backyards of North India. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is an undoubted highlight, but Punjab hides other small treasures among its agricultural expanses. Rarely visited towns like Patiala, Bathinda and Faridkot contain seemingly lost-in-time marketplaces and crumbling forts that hint at faded grandeur, while welcoming gurdwaras (Sikh temples) are to be found across the state.

Irrigated by mighty Himalayan rivers such as the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej, Punjab is also a region of fertile land that supplies the bulk of India's demand for wheat and rice, while also doubling as a nerve centre of India's textile and manufacturing industries.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Punjab (India).